Reminiscing on stories from his childhood spent in Michigan, and a formative youth spent in Denver, it also examines the broken American dream of now - while sounding entirely like the product of an eerie, industrial future. As Grant himself mentions on "The Rusty Bull": "It smells like something set apart from time." Occupying a maverick spot between electronic aficionado and crooning piano man - between then and now - Grant's duality has long driven his creativity, melding together to create utterly compelling listens. His fifth studio album - produced by longtime friend Cate Le Bon - is no different.
Over a decade into his solo career, John Grant is still very much ploughing his own furrow. His quartet of solo albums since leaving The Czars have defined him as one of the great songwriters of our age, whether it the heartbreaking balladry of Queen Of Denmark, or the playful, often hilarious disco-funk of Grey Tickles Black Pressure. Grant's fifth solo record, Boy From Michigan is another idiosyncratic trip into the mind of John Grant.